Jason Statham’s $152M Action Thriller Is A Streaming Success After Becoming 2024’s First Box Office Hit

Jason Statham as Adam Clay in The BeekeeperJason Statham’s The Beekeeper has found success on streaming after becoming 2024’s first box office hit. Directed by David Ayer, the R-rated action flick stars Statham as Adam Clay, a former member of an elite special forces unit known as The Beekeepers who embarks on a campaign of vengeance after somebody close to him becomes the victim of a scam. The film, which also stars Josh Hutcherson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Raver-Lampman, was a box office success, earning $152.7 million after its release in theaters in January.

New data from Reelgood reveals that The Beekeeper was the ninth most popular title on streaming in the U.S. for the week of April 25 – May 1. The movie, which is currently available to stream on MGM+, beats Netflix’s Ripley, but falls short of titles like Dead Boy DetectivesArgylle, and Shōgun. Check out the full top 10 chart below:

The Beekeeper’s Success Explained

Jason Statham’s New Action Movie Was A Win With AudiencesJason Stathman as Mr. Clay in a scene from The Beekeeper.Jason Statham as Clay from The Beekeeper in a beekeeper suitJason Stathman as Clay from The BeekeeperJason Statham as Clay from The Beekeeper leaning against the hood of a truck talking on a phoneClay from the Beekeeper standing in front of a truck parked outside of a large building

The Beekeeper‘s reviews were generally positive, with critics praising the action, the unabashedly silly use of bee-related puns, and Statham’s ever-reliable movie star charisma. The positive reviews earned the movie a respectable 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s with audiences that the film really succeeded. As of writing, the film enjoys a strong 92% audience score, suggesting that it really struck a chord with general movie-goers. The 70% critics’ score marks Statham’s highest since 2015, and the audience score is the best of his career except for 1998’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Title Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score
The Beekeeper (2024) 70% 92%
Expend4bles (2023) 14% 70%
Meg 2: The Trench (2023) 27% 73%
Fast X (2023) 56% 84%
Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (2022) 51% 82%
Wrath of Man (2021) 67% 90%
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) 67% 88%
The Meg (2018) 47% 44%
The Fate of the Furious (2017) 67% 72%
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) 31% 40%
Spy (2015) 95% 78%

This strong audience response evidently helped generate positive word of mouth, which helped drive The Beekeeper to close to $153 million worldwide. Made on an estimated budget of $40 million, this makes the film an undeniable success, and it speaks to Statham’s continued strength as a leading man. While the character of Clay isn’t markedly different from the other no-nonsense action heroes Statham has played, Ayer has clearly built an interesting world around him and delivered some fun, gritty action in the process.

The Beekeeper Red Band Trailer (Trailer)

The Beekeeper‘s ending wraps up the main story, but the movie’s success certainly raises questions about whether the film could spawn a new action franchise. A sequel hasn’t yet officially gotten the green light, but it’s possible that Ayer and Statham will reteam at some point down the line to continue Clay’s story and further flesh out the world. While a sequel to The Beeekeper isn’t yet a guarantee, audiences are evidently enjoying the film now that it’s available to watch at home on streaming.

Jason Statham Needs A New Hit Franchise

The Beekeeper Is The Perfect Fit

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